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Surprise gesture of support may revive Texas anti-TSA bill

Legislation that would prevent Transportation Security Administration employees from giving invasive pat-downs at Texas airports looked last week to be completely dead, but a letter of support from the state’s lieutenant governor could revive the effort. It all depends on whether Gov. Rick Perry (R) has the stomach for it. The bill,…

Feingold: ‘I am looking at’ a Senate run in 2012

WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) told his home-state paper that he’s considering a run for the Senate in 2012, which liberals are urging him to do. “I am looking at it, but I feel I should take some time to think this through,” Feingold told the Milwaukee Journal…

Boeing says it is under ‘continuous’ cyber attack

SINGAPORE (AFP) – US aerospace giant Boeing is under “continuous” cyber attack but there has been no breach of its databases, a senior executive said. The admission by Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, comes as Japanese electronics giant Sony recovers from a series of…

Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian dies at 83

DETROIT (Reuters) – Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, known as “Dr. Death” for helping more than 100 people end their lives, died early on Friday at age 83, his lawyer said. Kevorkian died at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks with…

Just 54,000 jobs created in May as unemployment rises to 9.1%

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Employment rose far less than expected in May to record its weakest reading since September, while the jobless rate rose to 9.1 percent as high energy prices and the effects of Japan’s earthquake bogged down the economy. Nonfarm payrolls increased 54,000 last month, the Labor Department said…

Sanders: Oil speculators behind high gas prices

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says that the soaring gas prices are the fault of oil speculators on Wall Street. “Ten years ago oil speculators controlled about 30 percent of the oil futures market,” Sanders explained. “Today Wall Street speculators control over 80 percent of that market.” “Their sole function in…

U.S. anti-coal film shows painful reality of mountaintop mining

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A new film protesting against US coal mining and starring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. aims to boost green alternatives such as wind power and highlight “criminal” destruction by the industry. Five years after “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s landmark movie about climate change, makers of “The…

2011 is deadliest U.S. tornado season in 75 years

CHICAGO (AFP) – The deadliest US tornado season in 75 years has ripped babies from their mother’s arms and transformed entire towns into apocalyptic scenes of destruction as the toll hit 523. And it isn’t over yet. While warmer summer weather should hopefully reduce their intensity, the peak tornado season…

U.S. lawmakers cut Homeland Security funding

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives has voted to shave more than a billion dollars from next year’s Department of Homeland Security budget as part of its deficit reduction plan. The Republican-held House voted 231 to 188 to cut the fiscal 2012 budget by $1.1 billion to $40.6…

Film takes behind-the-scenes look at school shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mass school shootings fill TV screens with bloody images, newspapers with heart-wrenching accounts from terrified students, and pose searching questions about the motives of the young killers. But the movie “Beautiful Boy”, opening in U.S. theaters on Friday, puts a rare spotlight on the anguished parents of a teen…

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